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Near the Cross, A devotion by Joni Eareckson Tada
" When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake , a large crowd gathered around him" "Mark 5 :21
Jesus never enjoyed much elbow room during his public ministry. There was always a multitude , pushing and shoving to get close . When he taught in the temple, there was hardly space to breathe. When he taught in a home ,people stood wall-to-wall,spilling put the front yard and hanging from the roof. And when He tried to escape the crowd in a boat, He dropped anchor on the other side only to find another horde awaiting him. No room for Jesus--His life even began that way at the crowded inn.
There was one place, however , where where Jesus had more than enough room, almost too much space.It was a place where nobody was shoving to get close, no one wanted a ring side seat. There was plenty of room near the Cross.
Sadly , it's true today. Many Christians are satisfied to remain at a safe distance from the Cross.
Yet if we are to see real and lasting change in our lives, if we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin, it requires keeping near the Cross.
Here is Mercy Me singing Undone , (one of my favorite songs)which further testifies of the necessity of keeping near the Cross.